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Big Cat Rescue

Caring for Big Cats - Ending the Trade as Pets, Props & Parts

four stars

100.00

12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
tel: (813) 920-4130   Web Site
EIN: 59-3330495

Board Leadership
Jamie Veronica
President

CEO
Carole Baskin
CEO, Founder

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 100.00 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Big Cat Rescue, founded in 1992, is an educational sanctuary devoted to rescuing and providing a permanent home for exotic (i.e. wild, not domestic) cats who have been abused, abandoned, bred to be pets, retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered for fur coats, and to educating the public about these animals and the issues facing them in captivity and in the wild. The sanctuary houses the most diverse population of exotic cats in the world, with many species of wild cat represented among more than 60+ residents. Today the sanctuary is devoted to its vision of a world where animals are treated with respect, and its mission of providing the best possible home for the animals in our care.

Big Cat Rescue, founded in 1992, is an educational sanctuary devoted to rescuing and providing a permanent home for exotic (i.e. wild, not domestic) cats who have been abused, abandoned, bred to be pets, retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered for fur coats, and to educating the public about these animals and the issues facing them in captivity and in the wild. The sanctuary houses the most diverse population of exotic cats in the world, with many species of wild cat represented among more than 60+ residents. Today the sanctuary is devoted to its vision of a world where animals are treated with respect, and its mission of providing the best possible home for the animals in our care.

Results Information

Program Name: End mistreatment of big cats in captivity
Problem

An estimated 10,000 - 20,000 privately owned big cats (i.e. tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats etc.) live in deplorable conditions despite regulations that are supposed to insure humane treatment. The regulations are weak. When owners violate the regulations, they are cited for years by inspectors, most frequently settle for nominal fines. The few who lose licenses (if required) frequently do not have their animals taken away and often simply operate under another person's license.

Strategy

The first strategic decision made years ago was not to grow the number of cats at the sanctuary, to only take in cats as they pass away. Next was to focus our fundraising on social media not direct mail to keep costs down and earn the Charity Navigator 4 star rating. These allowed us to build up the significant financial resources for this program. It has allowed us to hire a PR professional, file lawsuits against tiger cub abusers, and hire a very skilled lobbyist to work on our federal bill.

IF:THEN

IF we educate the public to the misery that is associated with cub petting, photo ops with cubs, and performing acts so they do not patronize these exhibits...

THEN the incessant breeding needed to supply cubs for these activities will cease because there will be no demand or market for it.

IF we educate venues about the evils of big cat exhibits so they no longer allow such exhibits on their property...

THEN the exhibitors will have no place to set up their exhibits.

IF we pass a federal law banning private breeding and possession of big cats, with limited exemptions for the AZA zoos that uphold high standards of care, sanctuaries, and limited other situations, and grandfather in existing owners so they do not have their animals taken from them...

THEN the population in private hands will gradually die out over the next 15 years ending the problem.
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Financial

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
85.7%
  Administrative Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.15
  Program Expenses Growth 16.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Big Cat Rescue on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Big Cat Rescue on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Big Cat Rescue (FL) 100.00 four stars
Our Companions (CT) 99.67 four stars
Center for Great Apes (FL) 94.11 four stars
American Eagle Foundation (TN) 95.05 four stars
Keepers of the Wild (AZ) 90.94 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,320,640
   Federated Campaigns $85,382
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,406,022
   Program Service Revenue $1,084,427
Total Primary Revenue $3,490,449
   Other Revenue $450,277
TOTAL REVENUE $3,940,726
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $2,579,255
   Administrative Expenses $170,974
   Fundraising Expenses $235,682
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,985,911
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $954,815
   
Net Assets $9,176,590

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

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Ratings History
Big Cat Rescue has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 12/01/2017 100.00 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 99.71 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 99.55 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 98.72 four stars
2014-12 12/01/2015 96.89 four stars
2013-12 12/22/2014 95.17 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 99.10 four stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 95.08 four stars
2010-12 11/01/2011 98.79 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.94 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/01/2010 95.60 four stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 97.81 four stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 98.59 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 59-3330495
Name in IRS Master File BIG CAT RESCUE CORP
NTEE Code P30
NTEE Classification Children's, Youth Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Organization to Prevent Cruelty to Animals
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(355) Wildlife sanctuary or refuge
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date February, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$57,011 1.90% Carole Baskin CEO, Founder
Other Salaries of Note
$64,750 2.16% Howard Baskin Chief Financial Officer
$57,011 1.90% Jamie Veronica Murdock President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Big Cat Rescue (FL) 100.00 four stars
Animals Asia Foundation Limited (CA) 87.89 three stars
American Eagle Foundation (TN) 95.05 four stars
Performing Animal Welfare Society (CA) 92.92 four stars
Keepers of the Wild (AZ) 90.94 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Big Cat Rescue
12802 Easy Street
Tampa, FL 33625
tel: (813) 920-4130
fax: (866) 571-4523
EIN: 59-3330495

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Board Leadership

Jamie Veronica
President

CEO

Carole Baskin
CEO, Founder

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